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Mission & History

Our Mission

Our mission is to aid in the economic prosperity of the tri-city area by partnering with locally-owned businesses to help them thrive and grow, and by serving the financial needs of their employees and customers. We accomplish this by developing personal relationships, providing unparalleled customer service, and making prompt, local underwriting decisions.

We believe in financial strength.

By maintaining and building our financial strength we can do more for our customers, our employees, our shareholders, and our community.

We believe in integrity.

The principal measure of our success is not financial but adherence to the highest ethical standards.

Our History

In the fall of 1902, a group of civic-minded and far-sighted citizens met to subscribe for the stock of the Farmers & Merchants Bank.  There were two existing banks in Marinette founded by lumbermen. This bank's founders thought there was a need for a "people's bank" that would serve the financial needs of hard-working, ordinary citizens.

Little did they realize that the institution they founded would still be serving this community over 100 years later. Some of the founders include J. E. Utke, Charles Reinke, Gus Reinke, Leo Evans, T. C. Miller, John Boren, Charles Feldstein, Samuel Feldstein, F. E. Noyes, and John Dumoulin.

Since 1902, the Farmers & Merchants Bank has been an innovator in the financial services industry. During periods of financial uncertainty, including the Great Depression, we have remained committed to serving our customers in every capacity.

Today, we serve this area as a contributor to many organizations including the United Way, American Legion Baseball, Special Olympics, and the American Cancer Society. Education has always been a central focus of our philanthropic effort. We provide scholarships to graduating seniors from area high schools to enable them to start their post-secondary education, and are the principal sponsor of the Hi-Q academic quiz contest for high school students.

We are grateful to our customers for your loyal support. While we honor the past, we are excited about the future. We are confident that our community-based approach, organic growth, and innovative services will continue to make us a leader in this area and in the financial services industry.

We are committed to our customers, our stockholders, and to this community. With your continued support, we will still be here in another one hundred years.